What’s going on Silver Spring? Thinking through this ongoing series, and how we manage it, I can’t help but think of how much value there is in it, both for us, as well as our audience. With the slowdown of so many blogs (Just Up The Pike, Silver Spring Singular, My Line is Red) in the area, plus the end of The Gazette, it seemed like there would be a place for noteworthy news for the area. That being said, there’s a lot of coverage of Silver Spring by Bethesda Magazine. I would be lying if I said that didn’t irritate me. If you know me, you know I loathe Bethesda. I’d rather sit on a glowing hot fireplace poker than spend time there. Don’t doubt me, I’ve done it before.
That being said, Bethesda Magazine tends to have a lot of up-to-date coverage of Silver Spring goings-on. While we want to cover Silver Spring news, we’re not a news outlet. No one on the team has journalistic experience (or journalistic integrity… or integrity) and we aren’t a big enough presence for businesses to need to reach out to us right away for their latest development. Views for The Dirt are minimal, and it tends to not get a lot of shares. Maybe someone can point out what we’re doing wrong (with just this series, save the multitude of other things we’re doing wrong for another post)?
Besides that, you may see more of my own thoughts in future posts. This was originally designed to be a blog, and I’m realizing that it behooves me to include more bloggy-aspects, eg ramblings, personal thoughts, inane chatter, etc. Expect more… for better or for worse. Without further ado:
Arepa Restaurant (8555-B Fenton Street) – Fajita Sub Factory (the Airstream at Colesville and Georgia Avenue) is about to get some competition. An arepa restaurant is about to fill the space on Fenton Street that used to be Quizno’s. I love me an Arepa, so this is welcome news. Plus, I won’t miss Quizno’s. That spot was trifling.
BeClaws (2404 Universty Blvd.) – Word on the street is that a cajun restaurant is coming to Wheaton. Those from the deep South (I’m looking at you, Thayer Ave) will probably rejoice. Expect overt drunkenness and probably an unreasonable amount of flesh shown. From the looks of their menu, they’ve got a pretty awesome beer list.
The Octave (1320 Fenwick Lane) – Development is coming along on The Octave on Fenwick Street. It’s a nice change to have some condominiums opening up in what has been an apartment market for the last decade. Imagine the damage you could do living across the street from Fenwick Beer & Wine. Plus they count us as a “helpful neighborhood link”. Woot! No one considers us helpful, but we’ll take it! Thanks, Octave!
The Pearl – The Blairs has dug a huge hole to build their latest development, The Pearl. At 14 stories, it will have some height to replace what used to be their low rises. I can’t help but think of season 3 of The Wire. Expect completion by December 2016.
Kaldi’s – Kaldi’s has broken through their wall to expand their location. The expansion will more than double the space, and offer a rooftop, which Silver Spring could use more of. Expect Kaldi’s to slightly modify their branding to “Kaldi’s Social House” and expand their offering to include more food items and booze. No one wants me to have yet another place to get booze, but otherwise, it’s a joyous occasion.
First Baptist Church (8415 Fenton St) – Just across the street from our new library is the monster-truckesque demolition of the First Baptist Church. While it’s a beautiful building and part of me is uncomfortable with the plans for what will replace it, it’s pretty awesome watching machines destroy a building. It’s like a toned down Michael Bay movie, but with better plot and story development, plus no Shia Labeouf.
Catylator (8121 Georgia Avenue Suite LL1) – Catylator Makerspace has moved into the basement of the World Building and are building it out. They’ll be a welcome neighbor to us being that we work just several floors up at Creative Colony, with an expected opening on September 19. Join them for their Painting Party, and help bring a MakerSpace to Silver Spring!
Nazret Market (8120 Georgia Ave) – The old Universal Martial Arts Center has been leased and Silver Spring is that much more vulnerable for it. A new Ethiopian market is moving in, but with no indications as to when. While the sign has been up for a while, no work seems to be going on in the interior.